Taking a Closer Look at Pet Insurance: Is it Right for You?

Pet insurance can help defray the cost of veterinary careModern veterinary medicine is literally a lifesaver for millions of pets. Being able to extend and improve the lives of our precious companions is a wonderful thing, but this advanced medical care is not without a cost. In fact, for many pet owners, this can place significant financial strain on a household.

Similar to how health insurance can help offset our medical bills, pet insurance can also provide peace of mind. Pet insurance isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone, but it may be worth looking into and discovering for yourself whether the benefits outweigh the cost. Continue…

Prevention: The Simple Truth About Pet Wellness

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In their first year or so, pets visit the vet more often to establish overall wellness. They are vaccinated to prevent disease, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and given medication to guard against internal and external parasites. The resulting picture of absolute health can make it seem unnecessary to keep up with routine pet wellness exams. But the best time to take your pet to the vet is when they are feeling their best. Why? Because pet wellness hinges on prevention.

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The foundation of overall, lifelong pet wellness is initiated in the first years of an animal’s life. Just as we commit to annual physicals or dental cleanings, pets need regular attention. Without this proactive approach, health issues can gain a foothold and threaten longevity and quality of life.

Given the opportunity to record normal, or baseline, values, your pet’s veterinarian can track any changes in the future that can lead to early diagnosis – and a better outcome. Continue…

Is it Urgent? Recognizing the Signs of a Pet Emergency

Imagine you’re out strolling with your dog and suddenly, another dog runs up and attacks! You and your pet escape without any major scrapes, but you notice your dog has some surface wounds. Is this an urgent situation?

Another scenario: you wake up to the sound of your cat retching for the fourth time that night. Is this a pet emergency? What if you suspect your curious puppy has ingested your daughter’s lunch, which had some grapes on the side…how do you handle the situation?

Sometimes, it’s tough to know when a pet might need urgent veterinary care, and when time is of the essence, second-guessing can waste precious moments. To help every owner be more prepared for any situation, the team at Berks offers up some tips on what to do during a potential pet emergency.

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Managing Pain in Pets for Better Quality of Life

Like their wild counterparts, pain in pets is not always easy to identify. In fact, most animals instinctively hide signs of illness, injury, or pain for the sake of survival. For many decades, pain in pets was poorly understood, and therefore, many pets suffered needlessly.

For these reasons, modern veterinary medicine has made great strides in both understanding and treating pain in pets. Whether your pet requires surgery or has age-related chronic pain, relieving and manage symptoms is an essential component of care at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center.
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Making Pet Owner Education Something to Celebrate: Top Five Blogs of 2016

Whether it is the end of the year or any time of year, our aim is to encourage the best health possible for pets. One of the ways we do this is through pet owner education via our blog. And, we have really enjoyed writing about some of the most pressing and relevant issues our responsible pet parents seek.

As an emergency hospital, our focus on emergency preparedness and prevention is paramount to keeping companion animals safe. Why not make 2017 the best year yet for you and your pet! Make a commitment to optimal health and wellness – and have some fun while you’re at it, too (like dusting off your running shoes and your dog’s leash!).

Celebrating the New Year with Our Most Popular Pet Blogs of 2016

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